Union Construction Careers

What & Why? 

Construction shapes the built environment around us and ensures that people live and work safely. As our communities grow and evolve, highly trained, productive, and safe construction professionals will be in demand. 

Union construction careers provide quality training through their nationally recognized apprenticeship programs and economic security for workers – and their families – through higher wages and benefits. THESE ARE CAREERS, NOT JOBS.


per year

Average starting wage for a fully proficient worker who has completed a union apprenticeship in the Bay Area



Approximate number of apprentices in 14 building trades crafts across California


per hour

Average starting wage for a union apprentice in the Bay Area

Union Trades

There are a variety of trades to choose from that can reflect your strengths and career preferences.

Click on an individual trade to learn more. 


Bricklayers & Tile Layers


Cement Masons

Electrical Workers

Elevator Constructors

Heat & Frost Insulators



Operating Engineers

Painters & Allied Trades


Plumbers & Pipefitters

Roofers & Waterproofers

Sheet Metal Workers

Sprinkler Fitters


Do You Have What It Takes?

Take Our Career Readiness Survey to Find Out!